Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 92
Vintage: 2009

Robert Foley Vineyards and Switchback Ridge

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced


This lot is a one-time-only blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Foley Howell Mountain Vineyard and the Peterson Family Vineyard of Switchback Ridge fame. The mountain fruit grown at 2,000 feet elevation in Howell Mountain’s volcanic soils provides the sturdy framework for this wine, while the rich mid-palate and sweet viscosity evolve from fruit kissed by the warm Calistoga sun. Blended together, the resulting wine displays an unequaled completeness of character— harmonious perfection.

Aging Process

This wine has been barrel aged in the Robert Foley caves in center of France, medium plus toast barrels for 20 months.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Robert Foley

Winemaker, Switchback Ridge

Winemaker, Robert Foley

Robert Foley began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley in 1977, working at a number of highly regarded Napa Valley wineries, including Pride Mountain Vineyards, where he spent 15 years as founding winemaker. During this period,, he also created the highly acclaimed Switchback Ridge, Hourglass, Paloma, School House, and Engel Family wines. In 1998 Robert Foley Vineyards bottled its flagship Claret (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), and has since expanded and diversified its production to offer more of the big reds Bob is famous for???Petite Sirah, Merlot, Charbono, the limited-release Howell Mountain Cabernet, and Bob's latest creation, The Griffin (a blend of the best in the red cellar).

Country born: United States

Education: Graduated from UC Davis in 1977 with degrees in both enology and viticulture.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Food & Wine 2007 Winemaker of the Year

Winemaking Philosophy:
Produce very expressive balanced wines that finish gracefully.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: Exploration to me is always a quest for perfection (and this comes darn close!). I love this particular Cabernet blend because of the character of these two wines individually as well as the synergy that the blend creates.

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2337 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco  CA  94127


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Boeschen Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 14
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